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downward. and he invited congressional leaders to the white house for talks. here's karen travers. >> reporter: the topic was probably unavoidable. today, president obama had a brief meeting, no more than ten minutes, with congressional leaders, about how to avoid the massive spending cuts. they'll sit down on friday at the white house. progress? not so much. the meeting is scheduled right at the deadline for the $85 billion in cuts. unlike, say, the fiscal cliff, or a potential government shutdown, there's little urgency in washington right now. but there is a lot of finger-pointing. >> the sequester was the president's idea. the sequester did not envision any additional tax increases. >> house republicans have declared that the entire strategy is to sit on the sidelines, stop working with us to pass something. >> reporter: the cuts will mean furloughs for civilian defense department workers across the nation. a 20% reduction in pay. >> hard-working people that have everything they've got. so, we're all kind of on the line now. >> reporter: most of the cuts will be felt immediate
tell i'm in the spirit. ferkt the xs and os. the showdown is all in the family, as abc's karen travers reports. >> reporter: the super baugh. the harbowl. even the bro bowl. whatever you call it, it's a super bowl first. on one sideline, the baltimore ravens. led by head coach john harbaugh. on the other, the san francisco 49ers, led by head coach jim harbaugh. two brothers, squaring off for football's biggest prize. >> the team that we're going play is a great football team. they're extremely well coached. >> doesn't matter who the coach is. what -- what relationship you have with someone on the opposite side. you're trying to beat them, so -- that will be my approach. >> reporter: john, good-natured and confident. jim, emotional and intense. they're just 15 months apart. growing up, they were close, but competitive. their love of football ingrained in them at a young age. the parents say football talk has been off limited this week. no predictions, no xs and os. despite their nerves, jack and jackie harbaugh are relishing the leadup to the biggest game in their family's long sports h
-inflicted wounds that could stall the economy. karen travers, abc2 news, washington. >>> scammers started making threatening phone calls after a woman turned down a bogus offer. >>> it was probably just a joke but a niner fan could get into trouble after a stunt. the consequence he could face for pointing a laser at a news helicopter. my achy feet made it tough to play with billy. until he got his number. right! the machine showed me my pressure points on my feet, and it gave me my custom number. my arches needed more support. in two minutes, the dr. scholl's foot mapping center showed me my free foot map and my number. i'm a 440. that matched up to the dr. scholl's custom fit orthotic inserts with the support i needed. now, i play all day long! my feet. my number. my inserts. go to drscholls.com to find your closest walmart with a foot mapping center. i'm a believer! >>> i'm going top send -- to send two guys over there to rape you, kill you. >> okay. scary phone call. imagine getting that message on your phone. a la la woman started receiving disturbing calls like that one. at first she was to
in traffic, some of the worst in the country. karen travers reports on a new study which confirms our frustrations but explains why it could be a good thing. >> reporter: forget bacon and eggs sizzling on a griddle. for millions of americans, this is the sound of morning. every year the average american spends about one week in traffic. a given week that's about 38 hours. >> it's more than the average person spppeds at their job. >> reporter: a new study said all this sitting in traffic is coming at a huge cost, $121 billion in wasted time and wasted fuel. for the average american it means $818 lost just sitting in traffic. the texas a&m institute funded by road builders came up with the planning time index. that's a mathematical way of looking at how much extra team you need to add to your time to account for your city's miserable traffic. >> people are becoming captive in their cars. it's hard to plan and calculate how that will affect their daily lives. >> reporter: taking the number one spot, washington, d.c. commuters needed almost three hours for a trip that should only take 30
in north korea and what the president plans to say. here's karen travers from washington. >> reporter: president obama isn't setting any expectations for his state of the union address tonight. in his annual address he is expected to outline an agenda that drives the country. to do that the president will call for new programs, new spending as a way to stimulate growth and republicans are already firing back. earlier today a feisty house speaker john boehner told reporters off camera that the president doesn't have the guts to make tough choices about the deficit because he won't take on the liberals in the democratic party. >> another litany of left wing proposals with plenty of meat for the base. >> reporter: he will discuss spending cuts, but it will be gun control that will likely sparkt emotional moments. attending as a special guest of the first lady, the parents of the chicago team who was gunned down just days after she evidence at the inauguration and nearly three dozen people personally affected by gun violence. the president is expected to announce anyone one year -- that o
of the washington area. virginia and california would be the states most affected by these furloughs. karen travers, abc2 news, washington. >>> john kerry received a warm reception for his first major speech as secretary of state. the speech focused on the president's foreign policy. kerry made the case for providing aid to other countries and spoke at the university of virginia. >>> well, jesse jackson, jr.'s political career has derailed further. he pleaded guilty to misusing campaign funds. >> jk son entered a plea in federal court. prosecutors said he used the money for gifts including two hats belonging to emergency mrnlings a rolex watch and furniture. >> there is reason for optimism. a man that talented, a man that devoted to public service, a man who's done so much for so many, there will be another chap trp of jesse jackson. >> jackson is facing up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. he will be sentenced june 28th. >> you may have to start leaving for the airport even earlier. why we may see longer lines starts as sun as next month. >>> two major office supply chains are joining s
in the investigation. karen travers. >>> heart disease remains the leading cause of death in women but something many of us don't know b tonight we're taking your calls about your heart health. >> robbin roberts made her emotional return to tv but we'll talk to two ladies, a local mother and her daughter who have taken the same journey as rb bin. >> you could be a millionaire and not know it. the mt. airy store where the winning lottery ticket was sold. >>> february is american heart month. we're working to raise awareness and keep your heart healthy. abc2 partnered with the university of maryland. today we're joined by dr. brad taylor who's focused on surgery at the university of maryland medical center. so you get that diagnosis. there is some type of heart disease in the family, either adult or child, and you have to have surgery. how has surgery changed over the years regarding evolving technology? >> cardiac surgery has become much more patient friendly. it's clearly a lot safer to undergo than 10 years ago. the way we conduct cardiac surgery is much less invasive. 10 years ago the risk of havin
, and that issue took him to georgia. abc's karen travers joins us with the details. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning. president obama said none of the proposals he outlined in his state of the union will add a dime to the deficit. but he's facing instant reaction from republicans who say his education plans cost too much. these pre-k students got a surprise and very high profile visitor. >> hey, guys. >> reporter: president obama headed to georgia to launch his push for early childhood education, including nationwide publicly funded prekindergarten. >> let's make sure none of our kids start out behind. let's make it a priority to give every child access to early education. >> reporter: the president obama held up georgia's pre-k program as a model for the rest of the nation. he said parents of all income levels should have access to the same quality education opportunities. >> the size of your paycheck, though, shouldn't determine your child's future. so let's fix this. >> reporter: but the white house didn't put a price tag on how much it would cost to do that, and republ
republican leaders accuse the president of simply trying to scare americans. abc's karen travers reports from washington. >> reporter: congress has a major deadline looming on friday. and president obama says it's time to put politics aside. >> at some point, we have to do some governing. >> reporter: if lawmakers don't come up with an alternative plan, $85 billion in automatic budget cuts will go into effect. at the white house, president obama asked the nation's governors to put pressure on the state legislators in washington. >> congress should not allow these arbitrary sequester cuts to go through. and hurt our economy. slow our recovery. there has got to be a better way. >> now is the time to cut spending. it can be done without jeopardizing the economy. it can be done without jeopardizing critical services. >> reporter: lawmakers can't seem to agree on much these days. except that the cuts are basically inevitable. expect the obama administration to keep up its steady drumbeat on the dire consequences. >> disruptive and destructive to our nation's security and economy. >> reporter: the
interview with abc's katie couric. with more now, here's abc's karen travers. >> reporter: good morning. the paterno family is coming out swinging. nono surprise. the report that they commissioned said the legendary football coach did not cover up the sexual abuse allegations. a year after he passed away, joe paterno's family is fighting to clear his name. >> if he knew what he knew, if he knew in 2001 what he then learned in 2011, yes, he would do more. anyone would. but we didn't have that benefit. >> reporter: paterno was fired during a late-night phone call after more than 45 years as the penn state head football coach. the university said he covered up the allegations of sexual abuse against his long-time assistant and former player jerry sandusky. in an exclusive interview with abc's katie couric, the wife of the legendary coach recalled her reaction when she heard the charges against sandusky. >> horror, disbelief. it's still hard to accept. >> reporter: penn state tapped former fbi director louie freeh to investigate who knew what and when about sandusky's dealings with young bo
programs, all those cuts are set to go into effect in a few weeks. abc's karen travers has the latest from washington. good morning to you, karen. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, diana. deja vu all over again. another deadline and president obama is telling congress if you can't get something big done, just get something done. kick the can. it's now washington's favorite game. with yet another major deadline looming for the massive automatic spending cuts, president obama said if congress can't get a big deal together by march 1 -- >> they should at least pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms that would delay the economically damaging effects of the sequester for a few more months. >> reporter: but congress has already done that once. in order to avoid the fiscal cliff at new year's, lawmakers agreed to push off the automatic spending cuts for two months. now that's just 3 1/2 weeks away and there's no indication lawmakers are close to an agreement. >> when washington is the biggest obstacle to economic growth, we have a problem. >> reporter: and there have
in a matter of days. >> the pain would be felt not only in washington but across the country. abc's karen travers reports from washington. >> reporter: the clock is ticking. just days until $85 billion in federal spending cuts could go into effect. the pentagon says if that happens, the vast majority of its 800,000 civilian workers will have to be furloughed. >> frankly, this is one of the least -- or most distasteful tasks i have faced in my four years in this job. >> reporter: those employees would lose one day of work each week for up to 22 weeks. that means a loss of about 20% of their pay. military personnel would be exempted from the furloughs, but pentagon officials warn that even though it's the civilian workforce that there take the district hit in their walts -- >> the associated furloughs will impact our war fighters, our veterans and our family members in untold ways. >> reporter: lawmakers voted to delay the automatic spending cuts by two months as part of that last-minute deal at new year's to avoid the fiscal cliff. but that just set up another deadline. if congress doesn't
to the nation's governors about the budget. but top republicans accuse him of scare tactics. abc's karen travers reports from washington. >> reporter: congress has a major deadline looming on friday. and president obama said it's time to put politics aside. >> at some point we've got to do some governing. >> reporter: if lawmakers don't come up with an alternative plan, $85 billion in automatic budget cuts will go into effect. the president asked governors to put pressure on their state representatives in washington. >> congress should not allow these arbitrary sequester cuts to go through and hurt our economy, slow our recovery. there's got to be a better way. >> now is the time to cut spending. it can be done without jeopardizing the economy and jeopardizing critical services. >> reporter: lawmakers can't seem to agree on much these days, except that the cuts are basically inevitable. expect the obama administration to keep up its steady drumbeat on the dire consequences. >> disruptive and destructive to our nation's security and economy. >> reporter: the white house says there will be cuts to
of her yesterday, making history once again. abc's karen travers has the story. >> reporter: she's an icon of the civil rights movement. rosa parks became a permanent presence in the nation's capital. >> rosa parks held no elected office. she possessed no fortune. lived her life far from the formal seats of power. and yet today she takes her rightful place among those who have shaped this nation's course. >> reporter: they may not be able to agree on policy, but president obama and congressional leaders came together to honor a woman who changed history. in 1955, in montgomery, alabama, parks refused to give up her seat on a crowded segregated bus to a white man. she was arrested and her act of defiance sparked a bus boycott that lasted more than a year. president obama said that single, simple act also launched the civil rights movement. >> it's because of these men and women that i stand here today. >> reporter: the statue unveiling was a homecoming of sorts for parks, who worked as an aide to congressman john c conyers for nearly two decades in detroit. >> soon, mr. conyers fo
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